Reg Miller, of Stocksfield, saw our article about Reyrolle and wrote: "Coming out of the Royal Navy in 1947, I married Dorothy Nicod, whose father, Fred, got me a job as an apprentice draughtsman in Reyrolle.
"His father, I think Alfred Nicod, and Alphonse Reyrolle were together at the original works in London. They moved north together and all the Nicod family worked at the Hebburn plant.
"There was what we called 'the bottom works' beside the railway station, the 'top works' across the railway line, the Bushing Company, the short-circuit testing station and next to that the high-voltage testing station was built.
"Reyrolle built a number of houses in Hebburn and rented them to employees.
"A range of switchgear was manufactured, from 415 volts, flameproof for the mines, and up to equipment for outdoor substations.
"While in the engineering department my team did all the protection and control diagrams for the two Stella power stations and Blyth power station.
"During the construction for Stella South a fault occurred, closing the generators down. Dunston power station could not carry the load and also closed down. There was a complete blackout on Tyneside.
"I left Reyrolle in 1965 and joined Merz and McLellan, the Newcastle consultant engineers."
Lewis Felton, 77, of Felling, never worked at Reyrolle, but he played for the junior football team and was in the team photo used in the previous two Reyrolle stories, along with the late Manchester United goalkeeper Ray Wood. …
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